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Linda tries to help Gene to become a better baseball player by putting him in a shady baseball class.

Tina becomes addicted to coffee when Bob buys an espresso machine.

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  • Blatant Lies: The Deuce Of Diamonds' advertising video is clearly poorly edited to make it seems like people who go there got better, but even Bob can see that it's fake.
  • Book-Ends: The beginning of the episode has Louise hitting Gene's cup with a baseball bat. She also does this during the credits.
  • Call-Back:
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    • Tina remembers the Deuce of Diamonds from when he acted as the Prince of Persuasia in "Dr.Yap"
    • Linda's love for porcelain babies has also been mentioned before.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Linda and Louise never thought that Bob would actually sell a espresso, and that's how he finds out the epresso machine is gone.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Espresso seems to work for Tina like cocaine or heroin. It puts her in a constant state of boost and she needs it all the time, even having a sort of abstinence attack when she can't have it anymore.
  • Epic Fail: Gene is really not good at baseball. During his first turn at bat in his first game, he got so freaked out when someone pitched the ball towards him he purposefully struck himself out. It only got worse from there, to the point the mom of one Gene's teammates flat out said it was his fault the team lost.
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  • Evil Feels Good: Louise and Linda.
    Linda: "Stealing and pawning, I feel so dirty."
    Louise: "Tould you you'd like crime, mom."
    Linda: "Ahhh... Yes I do."
  • G-Rated Drug: An espresso works for Tina like it's a drug.
  • Groin Attack: Defied by Gene who smacks his own protective cup and has Louise do the same. He is unaffected by each blow.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: The Deuce Of Diamonds doesn't know the first thing about baseball and tries to make a bunch of speeches about the power of the mind over the body, none of what makes sense when training baseball. he carries this over from his last appearance as the Prince of Persuasia.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Bob tells that there's a quiet dignity in giving up when Gene decides to do it.
  • Motor Mouth: Tina, when under the influence of coffee.
  • Mushroom Samba: The first time Tina tastes espresso, she seems to be on some kind of trip.
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  • Noodle Incident: When Linda is trying to think of something she can sell to pay for baseball camp, Louise claims to have sold her soul at one point.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When she goes into caffeine withdrawal, Tina becomes aggressive, easily annoyed and even somewhat violent, breaking Linda's porcelain babies when she refuses to say what happened to the espresso machine.
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  • Speech Impediment: Tina, frustrated by her caffeine withdrawal, quickly gets tired of Jimmy Jr.'s speech impediment.
  • Spit Take: The last scene is of Tina gulping down the cheap coffee in the seedy motel lobby. The owner reports it's a week old, Tina spits it out... and goes back to drinking it. Then he informs Tina he put his cigarettes out in that coffee. Tina spits it out again... and goes right back to drinking it. The owner asks if she'd like cream and sugar.
  • Take The Third Option: Bob and Linda argue that they would be able to get either the espresso machine back or a good baseball player. Louise though, mentions that there's a chance neither will get the things they want. Turns out she is right: The Deuce flees with the money and Gene hasn't actually become better.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Bob and Tina are both pissed off when they learn what happened to the espresso machine, Tina because of her caffeine addiction, Bob because Linda pawned an expensive piece of equipment to pay a scam artist.
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